Having won here yesterday it is unlikely that Mick Easterby's Shadows Lengthen will take his chance in this race and a better bet and more likely runner is IBROX, who gets the vote ahead of Daaweitza. Brian Ellison's gelding showed improved form when a close third behind Bentley Brook at Wolverhampton last month in a race over two miles and he has every chance over the slightly shorter trip today if handling this surface. Michael Attwater's Profit's Reality has not raced since July but has been given a chance by the handicapper on his return to a surface that he handles really well. George Baker's Naxox has failed to take to fences but appreciated the return to the flat when a close second to Key Regard at Wolverhampton last time and he is another to consider but preference is for Ibrox. Alan Brown's gelding won his maiden here last January and resumed winning ways when landing a handicap here on his most recent start in October. A 7lb rise for that success is perfectly fair and Ibrox can win again and record his third course success.
Shadows Lengthen 3-10fav (9-1) Made all, always travelling well, shaken up approaching final furlong, ran on comfortable, won at Southwell 1m 3f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs beating Boundless Prospect (8-12) by 2l, 11 ran.
Profit's Reality (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Close up in chasing group, pushed along 3f out, soon no impression on leaders, 6th of 9, 7l behind Run For Ede's (8-6) at Ascot 1m 4f app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gd in Jul.
Maslak (IRE) 5-1 (9-11) Led 1f, tracked leaders after, ridden and lost place over 4f out, 6th of 8, 39l behind Resplendent Ace (9-3) at Southwell 1m 4f app hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Nov.
Ibrox (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Held up in touch, headway to track leader over 4f out, challenged 3f out, soon led, stayed on strongly, won at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Oct beating Wing Diva (9-0) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
Daaweitza 7-1 (9-11) In rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside last, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1/2l behind Bentley Brook (10-0) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Princess Lomi (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Towards rear, one pace final furlong, 8th of 13, 5l behind Poyle Meg (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Naxox (FR) 40-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd near finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Key Regard (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.